Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Communication can be the biggest contributor or the greatest staller to a person’s career success, so your question is an important one. The best communicators I have met in my career around the world are first and foremost amazing LISTENERS. Start by understanding the best way to respond to a situation or to the ideas and thoughts of others is to listen, take in and process the communication of others. That will go a long way
Second, cut out the BS and keep things on point. In all companies time, energy and effort can be wasted by those who speak for the sake of it, rather than contributing to the conversation or discussion. You will be highly respected by your colleagues if you are brief with high impact.
Third, plan out your presentations very, very well and practice, practice, practice. Presentations will can make or break a career depending on who’s in the audience.
Finally, be authentic. It is easy to see when an idea is original or comes from somewhere else. Do you research, listen to others, but process them into your own thoughts and ideas.